NEW plans have been submitted which could see the site of a former Shettleston school used for a housing development.

Shettleston Housing Association (SHA) wants to build 44 new homes on the old St Mark’s Primary School plot.

The school closed in 2004 and was burnt out in 2012 in what police described as “wilful” fireraising.

Nearby houses were evacuated as a precaution as more than 30 firefighters brought the blaze under control. Council chiefs agreed an emergency demolition of the building.

A previous planning application was submitted by the housing association last year but has since been withdrawn.

This application would see “a mixture of mainstream and wheelchair accessible housing provided, using various sizes range of houses, flats and cottage flats to meet the housing requirements of the local community and the housing association”.

The plans outline how 17 houses, eight cottage flats and 19 flats could be built on the land, which is bounded by Edenwood Street to the north, Muirfyfauld Drive to the west and by Tollcross Park and allotments to the south and west.

Parking spaces will also be provided and fitted with “infrastructure to allow for the future installation of electric vehicle charging points”.

A planning report states: “There are good public transport links to the city centre and surrounding areas provided by regular bus services along Shettleston Road, additionally the local community is served by Carntyne railway station which offers links to Edinburgh and Glasgow as well as onward connection to the national rail network.”

In 2017, the housing association approached the council with plans to buy the vacant land. A deal was struck in January last year, with the housing association paying out more than £200,000 for the plot.